The Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies are a compilation of the complete text of papers and presentations made at each annual conference. Representatives from state and federal agencies, citizen's organizations, universities, and private wildlife research groups present their latest findings relative to resource management, both through scientific research and actual case histories. Fisheries and wildlife scientists present peer reviewed papers at their respective sessions, agency enforcement personnel exchange information on tactics and mutual problems and agency attorneys discuss the latest developments in wildlife law and other pertinent legal issues.

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Multispecies Trout Management on a Small Ozark Tailwater

Author: Jeffrey S. Williams; Darrell W. Bowman; C. Stan Todd; Mike Bivin; Ron Moore
Citation: Proc. Annu. Conf. Southeast. Assoc. Fish and Wildl. Agencies 58:
Section: Fisheries Session
Page Numbers: 1-11
Year: 2004
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Beginning in September 1998, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) conducted a three-year creel survey on the trout fishery below Beaver Dam, Arkansas, to collect current information on angler effort, catch, and harvest. Angler catch rates for rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) remained high (>1.0 fish/h) throughout the study. However, a reduction in angling effort coupled with a high rate of voluntary release resulted in low exploitation of the put-and-take rainbow trout fishery. The annual catch of brown trout (Salmo trutta) exceeded the number stocked in all three years suggesting that survival rates for this species are high. Conversely, mean catch rates for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) (0.06 fish/h) and cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii) (0.03 fish/h) were very low and the annual catch was typically much lower than numbers stocked. Few of the brown trout, cutthroat trout, or brook trout caught were above the respective minimum length limits for these species, suggesting that poor growth or high mortality could be limiting the success of these regulations. The results of this study suggest that multispecies trout management is unsuccessful on Beaver Tailwater and that AGFC could make better use of available resources by focusing on fewer species.
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